Ants Release Stone; Acquire Fowler

By Vinessa Needham | February 27, 2017


Fort Wayne, Ind. (February 27th, 2017) – Fort Wayne Mad Ants have released guard Julyan Stone and acquired guard Chris Fowler from the available player pool.

Mad Ants acquired Stone at the start of the 2016-17 Season as an affiliate player from the Indiana Pacers.

“I want to thank the entire Fort Wayne organization and Pacer family for having me. It’s been a wonderful experience for myself and my family,” Stone said. “You have made us feel at home. I want to thank my teammates, Coach Gansey and General Manager Brian Levy for giving me every opportunity to succeed.”

Stone stated that he intends on fulfilling his commitment to the Mad Ants and Pacers and aims to be on the Pacers’ roster next season.

“I will be back in Indiana training and doing all that’s necessary to ensure that I am in a Pacer uniform next fall. Thank you fans!!!” Stone said.

During his time in Fort Wayne, Stone played in 31 games; averaging 34.3 minutes, 8.3 points, 6 rebounds, and 8.7 assists. He ranked second in the league in assists per game and was 15th in minutes played per game this season.

To fill Stone’s roster spot, the Mad Ants acquired Chris Fowler. Fowler was the Mad Ants 2nd round pick in this year’s NBA D-League Draft and participated in Mad Ants training camp.

A Central Michigan graduate of 2016, Fowler averaging 14.4 points, 4 rebounds, and 5.9 assists throughout his career

For questions regarding roster changes, please contact Vinessa Needham at  or 260-222-7958.

About the Fort Wayne Mad Ants and the NBA Development League: The Fort Wayne Mad Ants, presented by Lutheran Health Network, are the NBA Development affiliate of the NBA Indiana Pacers. Established in 2007, the Mad Ants have marked their success in back-to-back Championship appearances, coming out on top in 2014 and returning to the Championship series in 2015. The 2014-2015 season also named the Mad Ants as the NBA Development League Development Champions, which recognizes the team that best embodies the NBA D-League’s goals of developing NBA-caliber basketball talent through call-ups and assignments. The NBA Development League is the NBA’s official minor league, preparing players, coaches, officials, trainers, and front office staff for the NBA while acting as the league’s research and development laboratory. Featuring 19 teams with direct affiliations with NBA franchises for the 2016-17 season, the league offers elite professional basketball at an affordable price in a fun, family-friendly atmosphere. In fostering the league’s connection to the community, its teams, players and staff promote health and wellness, support local needs and interests, and assist in educational development through NBA D-League Cares programs. Fans can watch all NBA D-League games on